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Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph
4.3 out of 5 stars with 43 reviews
Jan Swafford's biographies have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world's most iconic music.
Swafford mines sources never before used in English-language biographies to reanimate the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, where Beethoven grew up and imbibed the ideas that
Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?: Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock
4.2 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews
In 1969, in Capitol Records' Hollywood studio, a blonde-haired troubadour named Larry Norman laid track for an album that would launch a new genre of music and one of the strangest, most interesting careers in modern rock. Having spent the bulk of the 1960s playing on bills with acts like The Who, Janis Joplin, and The Doors, Norman decided that he wanted to sing about the most countercultural subject of all: Jesus.
Billboard called Norman ''the most important songwriter since Paul Simon'',
All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
4.6 out of 5 stars with 90 reviews
The national debate over popular music's effect on character is both furious and confused. Conservatives complain primarily about lyrics, appealing to public decency and safety. Liberals, swift to the defense of any self-expression, simultaneously celebrate rock's liberating ethos and deny its cultural influence. Carson Holloway is out to shatter the assumptions of pop's critics and defenders alike, showing that music is more beneficial than we think.
Plato and Aristotle, Holloway finds, were
Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970
4.1 out of 5 stars with 9 reviews
January 1970: the Beatles assemble one more time to put the finishing touches on Let It Be; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are wrapping up Déjà Vu; Simon and Garfunkel are unveiling Bridge Over Troubled Water; James Taylor is an upstart singer-songwriter who's just completed Sweet Baby James. Over the course of the next twelve months, their lives---and the world around them---will change irrevocably.
Fire and Rain tells the story of four iconic albums of 1970 and the lives, times, and
CD Set for World Music: Traditions and Transformations
ean: 9780077337711, isbn: 0077337719,
4.8 out of 5 stars with 113 reviews
An expanded four-CD set is new to this edition. The new compilation includes 107 tracks constituting a full five hours of music, with more than an hour’s worth of new music in all. The same emphasis on high-quality, professional recordings by the likes of Ravi Shankar, John Coltrane, Tito Puente, Santana, Shakti, Angélique Kidjo, The Chieftains, Eileen Ivers, and Yo-Yo Ma that defined the first edition has carried over to the second edition, and the compilation has been enhanced by the
Ready for a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America
4.9 out of 5 stars with 137 reviews
Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William ''Mickey'' Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote ''Dancing in the Street.'' The song was recorded at Motown's Hitsville USA Studio by Martha and the Vandellas, with lead singer Martha Reeves arranging her own vocals. Released on July 31, the song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording - a precursor to disco, and a song about the joyousness of dance. But events overtook it, and the song became one of
The Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio (Oxford Handbooks)
By Oxford University Press
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ean: 9780199797226, isbn: 0199797226,
4.8 out of 5 stars with 146 reviews
As audiences are increasingly no longer solely listeners but also active producer-consumers, and as video games and other interactive systems increasingly permeate our daily lives, understanding interactivity and its impact on the audience has never been more important. A collection of newly commissioned chapters on interactivity in music and sound edited by preeminent scholars in the field, this book marks the beginning of a journey into understanding the ways in which we interact with sound,
Gaspar Cassadó: Cellist, Composer and Transcriber
ean: 9781138365605, isbn: 1138365602,
4.3 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews
Barcelonian Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966) was one of the greatest cello virtuosi of the twentieth century and a notable composer and arranger, leaving a vast and heterogeneous legacy. In this book, Gabrielle Kaufman provides the first full-length scholarly work dedicated to Cassadó, containing the results of seven years of research into his life and legacy, after following the cellist’s steps through Spain, France, Italy and Japan. The study presents in-depth descriptions of the three main
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